Santos to file ABS-CBN renewal bill in the House after Sotto filed in the Senate

  • Page Views 595
  • Reacting to a query from reporters, Deputy Speaker and Batangas Rep. Vilma Santos said she will revive the rejected ABS-CBN legislative franchise application in the House of Representatives before session resumes on January 18.
    Santos welcomed the move by Senate President Vicente Sotto III who filed a bill granting ABS-CBN a new legislative franchise to operate the broadcast network in the next 25 years.

    Santos and Sotto are both actors. Santos was a former contract star of the network while Sotto used to be a mainstay of several entertainment and public affairs programs of GMA-7, ABS CBN’s fiercest rival.

    The Senate is barred from approving Sotto’s legislative franchise bill without the Lower House’s nod on a similar measure.

    Asked to comment, Ako Bicol Partylist Rep. Alfredo Garbin said the only way the Lower House can reactivate all ABS-CBN legislative franchise bill already laid on the table by a committee is for the Lower House to revive it during a plenary session.

    Apparently, such is Santos’ plan if she would indeed file a new bill that will have to be referred on first reading to the Committee on Legislative Franchises during plenary proceeding.

    “Tabled measure may refer to any bill or resolution which finally disposed of adversely by the body for its lack of interest to consider such measure,” said Garbin, vice chairman of the House Committee on Justice and a member of the legislative franchises panel.

    He pointed out that a review of the committee decision may only be possible with the unanimous consent of the panel that laid the measure on the table or by suspension of the rules.

    It will be recalled that the legislative franchise panel denied on July 10 the network giant’s application for congressional legislative license for another 25 years.

    In dismissing a dozen legislative franchise bills at the time, 70 members of the panel voted to adopt the “Resolution Denying the Franchise Application of ABS-CBN Corporation to Construct, Install, Establish, Operate and Maintain Radio and Television Broadcasting Stations in the Philippines.”

    Eleven voted against the resolution, one abstained while two members, one of them QC Rep. Alfred Vargas, inhibited themselves from voting.

    After voting to reject the ABS-CBN bills, the committee chaired by Palawan Rep. Franz Alvarez voted unanimously to lay the bills on the table.

    “At the end of the day the plenary can always overturn the adverse decision of the committee,” said Garbin, who is also chairman of the House Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reform. (B. Rosario, mb.com.ph)

    Share

    New Posts Recently publish post More

    • 29 July 2021
      2 days ago No comment

      With multiple medals, Tokyo 2020 an Olympic banner year for Philippines

      The Philippines will finish with multiple medals in the ongoing Olympics. This means that the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will represent a banner year for the country. The Philippine Daily Inquirer observed that this will be the first time since the Los Angeles 1932 Games that the Philippines will win ...

    • 22 July 2021
      1 week ago No comment

      Lolit Solis hints at Kris Aquino’s possible run in 2022

      Will Kris Aquino run in the national elections in 2022? This was the question of veteran entertainment journalist Lolit Solis who promised to vote for Kris should she decide to run in the national elections next year. But Lolit advised Kris not to run for mayor in Quezon City ...

    • 22 July 2021
      1 week ago No comment

      Philippines administers 15.6 million COVID-19 shots

      The Philippines has administered 15.6 million doses against the COVID-19 virus. Harry Roque, spokesperson of President Rodrigo Duterte, shared this number in a media briefing Wednesday (July 21). Of the 15.6 million does administered by the government, Roque said 10,585,261 million persons got their first dose. As well, 5,031,301 ...

    • 17 July 2021
      2 weeks ago No comment

      First Nations peoples condemn tweet on Church burnings

      At a press conference in Vancouver, Pentecostal assistant minister Jenn Allan-Riley, a 60s scoop survivor whose mother attended residential school, called for the wave of church arsons to stop. She adds that “Burning down churches is not in solidarity with us Indigenous people. As I said, we do not ...

    • 17 July 2021
      2 weeks ago No comment

      Paki-Ayos: A New Service for Filipinos in Canada

      Paki-Ayos Services Inc. will do errands for you in the Philippines Do you need something done in the Philippines, but air fare, accommodations, and pasalubong cost too much for you to go back home? A new service, Paki-Ayos, is here to help. Forget about going on a very expensive ...

    %d bloggers like this: